I didn’t know much about Something Rotten prior to the watching the Broadway play and I actually preferred it that way because every moment was such a treat. The laughs are non-stop from beginning to end with subtle pop culture references throughout. You don’t need a lot of Shakespeare knowledge prior to the show to enjoy all of the references about him. The play has something for everyone with great dance numbers, fun songs, romance, jealousy, and lovable characters. Trust me when I say that you will love it!
I recently attended a performance of the Twelfth Night by Cincinnati Shakespeare Company. I was not familiar with the play prior to the show but the cast definitely made the play memorable.
(From left) (Jim Hopkins as Sir Toby, Miranda McGee as Maria and Justin McCombs as Sir Andrew)
In the wake of a shipwreck, Lady Viola (Maggie Lou Rader) washes up on the shores of Ilyria, penniless and alone. Disguising herself as a boy, she procures employment delivering love letters from the amorous Duke Orsino (Brent Vimtrup) to the object of his infatuation, the aloof Lady Olivia (Corinne Mohlenhoff). Things get sticky when Viola herself falls for the lovesick Duke, then stickier still when Lady Olivia falls for the disguised Viola. Add into the mix a drunken uncle, a prudish steward and a wise-cracking fool, and you’ve got a knot only time can untangle. Audiences will enjoy a traditional Elizabethan staging of this classic Shakespearean gender-bender, “Twelfth Night”.
(From left) (Corinne Mohlenhoff as Olivia and Maggie Lou Rader as Viola)
There were so many funny moments during the play. Shakespeare plays usually take me a little while to adjust because of the language but there was a lot of physical comedy that translates for any time period.
(From left) (Paul Riopelle as Mavolio and Corinne Mohlenhoff as Olivia Viola)
This scene pictured above with Mavolio wearing the special yellow tights was really entertaining!
(From left) (Justin McCombs as Sir Andrew, Jim Hopkins as Sit Toby and Jeremy Dubin as Feste)
Sir Andrew played by Justin McCombs was also a lot of fun to watch. His expressions and mannerisms were really comical.
(From left) (Maggie Lou Rader as Viola and Justin McCombs as Sir Andrew)
(Maggie Lou Rader as Viola)
Maggie Lou Rader did a great job of portraying a girl trying to act like a boy.
(From left) (Maggie Lou Rader as Viola and Brent Vimtrup as Orsino)
The Twelfth Night is such a fun Shakespeare play to see.
You still have time to catch a performance of the Twelfth Night.
(Corinne Mohlenhoff as Olivia)
Friday November 29th at 7:30 pm
Saturday November 30th at 7:30 pm
Sunday December 1st at 2:00 pm
Thursday December 5th at 7:30 pm
Friday December 6th at 7:30 pm
Saturday December 7th at 7:30 pm
Sunday December 8th at 2:00 pm
Thursday December 12th at 7:30 pm
Friday December 13th at 7:30 pm
Saturday December 14th at 7:30 pm
Sunday December 15th at 2:00 pm (Closing)
Single ticket prices range from $22-$31 on Thursdays and Sundays and from $26-$35 on Fridays and Saturdays. If available, $14 student rush tickets may be purchased 30 minutes before a show with a valid student ID. Visa, Discover, MasterCard, and American Express are accepted. Ticketing fees may apply. Discounts are available for students, seniors and groups as well as Enjoy the Arts and AAA members. To purchase tickets or for more information, call the CSC Box Office at 513.381.BARD (2273) ext. 1, or go online at www.cincyshakes.com.
Disclosure: I was given complimentary tickets for review purposes. All opinions are my own.
Cincinnati Shakespeare Company is located at 719 Race St, Cincinnati, OH 45202.